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Passenger could face charges for disruption on flight from isles

By Associated Press


BELLINGHAM, Wash.>> A 50-year-old Tacoma man could face criminal charges after an outburst over a reading light during a flight from Honolulu to Bellingham International Airport.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary tells The Bellingham Herald authorities responded when the Alaska Airlines plane touched down early Saturday.

Leary says the man had asked a female passenger to turn off her reading light so he could sleep on the flight. When she declined, it set off an argument. Leary says the man did not make explicit threats to hurt anyone but shouted expletives at people on the plane. 

Sheriff’s deputies spoke with him after the flight and he was allowed to go home. His name was not released. 

Federal authorities will decide whether he will face criminal charges for causing a disruption on the plane.

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cojef wrote:
Prime example of the "me 1st generation", with utter disregard for fellow passengers' comfort on a public conveyance.
on July 30,2012 | 08:17AM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
Yes, I agree. The baby boomer who screamed expletives simply because a fellow passenger was using what was likely the plane's overhead reading light was being completely selfish. Old people these days! *shakes head*
on July 30,2012 | 08:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Bring blinders next time!
on July 30,2012 | 09:00AM
jess wrote:
People like this and screaming toddlers who cannot be consoled are exactly why I drug myself with a couple of Benadryl and a few beers before any flight to the mainland.
on July 30,2012 | 09:28AM
BO0o07 wrote:
The disruptive behavior on a plane should not be tolerated by the feds.
on July 30,2012 | 09:34AM
islandsun wrote:
Yes, seems they are not handing down very stiff penalties because its going on all the time.
on July 30,2012 | 12:32PM
Ripoff wrote:
I deal with that type of people every day..
on July 30,2012 | 10:09AM
Anonymous wrote:
People like that need to be made an example of in prison !!!!!
on July 30,2012 | 10:40AM
Komatose wrote:
It seems it's a choice of a sleep mask versus public embarrassment of not preparing for a flight. Did he scream shush or be quiet to everyone rather than use ear plugs too?. Ignorance &shame will be his own punishment. Don't get frivolous with prosecuting this individual. Go after some corrupt bankers or politicians to make a difference.
on July 30,2012 | 10:49AM
false wrote:
Hopefully he will end up on THE watch list so as to inconvenience his travel plans for the rest of his life...
on July 30,2012 | 12:44PM
Hugo wrote:
The aircraft Maintenance Manual ("MM") covers reading lights regarding how the illumination beam is to be directed. Been that way for decades. It is OK to be ignorant. It is not OK to form an opinion without having all the facts.
on July 30,2012 | 12:59PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
The Bellingham flight is a "red eye". A 737/800 with 141 seats. I'll bet there were 140 lights off. This guy was just unlucky sitting next to some woman who doesn't want to be a team player. Nothing will happen to this guy. He broke no laws. Anyone who keeps their light on during a 5 hour night flight is a real loser.
on July 30,2012 | 06:46PM
serious wrote:
Good point. I am really happy that the airlines elected not to allow cell phone use inflight--I have had my share of "loud" talkers all over. Can't even relax on the beach.
on July 31,2012 | 05:05AM
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